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01.04.17

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition staff and stakeholders have both benefitted from and supported Plug-in NC greatly in 2016.  Whether as a Plug-in NC Steering Committee member or as a 2016 Award Winner (UNC-Charlotte).  Plug-in NC's working groups, workshops, webinars, and events are expected to continue to elevate North Carolina's role as an EV leader nationally in 2017.

 

The 2016 annual report can be viewed by clicking here. 

12.16.16

We are proud to share that long time Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholder, Duke Energy, has just announced recipients under the "EV Charging Infrastructure Project," which includes new stations planned for almost 50 counties around North Carolina!  The $1 million project pays up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of each charging port. That should cover the cost of the stations – depending on its proximity to existing electrical infrastructure. The project received overwhelming interest – with more than 500 charging stations requested from around the state.

"This project is a wonderful compliment to the past work of North Carolina's Clean Cities Coalitions, the Plug-in NC collaborative, stakeholders including Duke Energy, and many others on topics ranging from Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning to workshops and training offered to the many public and private sector organizations that are critical to the mass adoption of electric vehicle technology," said Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Chairman, Chris Facente of UNC-Charlotte.  

To underscore the importance of this announcement, we have also recently learned, according to new data from Altman Vilandrie & Co.’s survey of more than 2,500 consumers, 60% of American drivers said they were unaware of electric cars, and 80% have never ridden in or driven one.  More information on this survey and its results are available here.

The full press release, the list of all recipients, and the number of stations awarded can all be accessed here.

To learn more about electric vehicle and charging iniatives in the Charlotte region or across the state, check out Plug-in NC or contact Jason Wager jwager [at] centralina [dot] org of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.

11.16.16

Elections were held at CCFC’s November Core Stakeholders Group Meeting for the roles of 2017 Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition. Stepping into the role of Chairperson for 2017 is Christopher Facente, University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor. Chris has been actively involved with the coalition since the beginning of his current position with UNCC. Michael McDonald, UPS Director of Maintenance for South Atlantic District was named 2017 Vice Chair for the coalition. As a member of the National Clean Fleets Partnership, UPS is reducing petroleum use and emissions through careful route planning, fuel efficiency measures, and alternative fuel use.

Chair: Chris Facente, University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor

Vice-Chair: Michael McDonald, UPS Director of Maintenance for South Atlantic District 

11.08.16

CRTPO would like your feedback to learn how to best communicate with the public it serves.

CRTPO is updating their public involvement strategies. Tell us what works best for YOU at, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRTPOSurvey. Your participation in this short survey will help improve CRTPO’s public engagement strategies.

You may be wondering, “What is CRTPO (Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization)?”

CRTPO works with the State and municipalities in Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties to develop future long range transportation plans and programs. During this process CRTPO solicits citizen input in the transportation planning process to find out what the public values and wants.

For more information on CRTPO visit, http://www.crtpo.org/

 

11.04.16

FHWA Designates Alternative Fuel Corridors

I-85 and I-40 in North Carolina Make the List!


With the designation of the first alternative fuel corridors, FHWA is establishing a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along national highway system corridors.  FHWA intends to support the expansion of this national network through a process that:

  • provides the initial opportunity for a formal corridor designation now and in the future on a rolling basis, without a cap on the number of corridors;
  • ensures that corridor designations are selected based on criteria that promote the "build out" of a national network;
  • develops national signage and branding to help catalyze applicant and public interest;
  • encourages multi-State and regional cooperation and collaboration; and,
  • brings together a consortium of stakeholders including state agencies, utilities, alternative fuel providers, and car manufacturers to promote and advance alternative fuel corridor designations in conjunction with the Department of Energy.

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As one of several partners that supported NCDOT’s August 2016 proposal to FHWA, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition has a direct interest in ensuring that a variety of transportation fueling and vehicle options are available to fleets and individuals in our region and beyond along our major corridors.  This announcement from FHWA is the first step in what we perceive to be a longer term “work in progress” to support the growth of fuel diversification for our stakeholders and the state overall.  

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager) of the CCFC staff if you would like more background on this initiative or wish to discuss ongoing integration of this and related topics into your project and planning efforts.   

For quick reference, below are maps pulled from the FHWA website announcing these corridors (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/), by fuel types (Electric and Compressed Natural Gas), for portions of I-85 and I-40.  

 

EV Charging

CNG

11.02.16

 
Join the NC Clean Energy Tech Center, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Staff, and others from across the state at Agility Fuel Systems in Salisbury, NC, as we meet for our next Clean Transportation Coordinating Committee meeting and facility tour. This meeting will include a presentation covering the EPA VW Settlement, upcoming grant opportunities (CFAT), and other incentives available to help fleets purchase new vehicles/infrastructure. Our agenda will also include updates from previous breakout groups and will finish off with a production facility tour at Agility Fuel Systems.

 The Clean Transportation Coordinating Committee is an opportunity to identify needs, enhance opportunities, and increase collaboration among partners in the clean transportation community across North Carolina! The Coordinating Committee is an initiative of the NC Clean Energy Technology Center in collaboration with its education partners to reduce transportation related emissions and better serve the needs of clean transportation professionals in the state.

November 2, 2016
12pm - 4:30pm

Location:
Agility Fuel Systems
1010 Corporate Center, Salisbury, NC 28146

 

Click Here for More Detailed Agenda
Register Here 

 The NC Clean Transportation Coordinating Committee is a group composed of members from industry, academia, state agencies, non-profits, Clean Cities Coalitions, and Clean Fuel Advanced Technology sub-award recipients focused on advancing proliferation and adoption of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies throughout the state of North Carolina. Activities towards achieving this goal include:

  • Coordinating clean transportation training and educational activities across the state

  • Organizing events with a statewide or regional impact

  • Providing industry reps and state agencies a forum to address statewide interests

  • Providing a forum for state policy coordination and enhancement

  • Understanding and compiling statewide resources, usage trends, and data

  • Developing alt fuel/advanced transportation case studies.

More info about the event can be found here.

10.20.16

On 10/18, USDA announced the next annual deadlines for its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides small businesses and agricultural producers loans and grants to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. 

 -REAP applicants requesting $20,000 or less that wish to have their application compete for the “Grants of $20,000 or less set aside” must be received no later than 4:30pm local time on October 31, 2016 or 4:30 pm local time on March 31, 2017.

-REAP applicants requesting grant funds of over $20,000 or a combination of a grant and guarantee loan, must submit complete applications no later than 4:30pm local time on March 31, 2017.

 USDA also offers grant funding through its Energy Audit/Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) program. This program sets up a “feeder” system for the general REAP grant as it provides up to $100,000 to eligible entities, who then conduct energy audits or provide renewable energy development assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Applications for this program are due by January 31, 2017. For more information, or to apply, click here

For questions on any of the abovementioned programs and opportunities, please contact Adia Holland, USDA's Energy Coordinator for the Tennessee State Office, at adia [dot] holland [at] tn [dot] usda [dot] gov or 615-783-1373. 

 

10.12.16

 

Question of the Month: What are the current and future medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards?

 Answer:

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (collectively, HDVs) are expected to surpass light-duty vehicle (LDV) emissions by 2030. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish fuel efficiency standards for HDVs. Then, in 2010, President Obama announced a new national program to implement coordinated fuel efficiency and GHG emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. As you may have seen last month, EPA and NHSTA recently finalized the most recent set of requirements under this program.
 First promulgated by EPA and NHTSA in 2011, these coordinated standards are being implemented in two separate phases, beginning with Model Year (MY) 2014 to 2018 (Phase 1, which has now been extended through 2020) and followed by MYs 2021 to 2027 (Phase 2), with some exceptions. Under Phase 1, the GHG emissions and fuel efficiency standards generally increase in stringency in MY 2017, then remain steady through MY 2020. GHG emissions and fuel efficiency standards under Phase 2 of the program increase first in MY 2021, and then again in MYs 2024 and 2027. Although the Phase 2 standards do not begin until MY 2021, manufacturers may need to begin compliance measures beforehand in order to be adequately prepared to meet the targets.
Fuel efficiency and GHG emissions standards are determined differently for each of five regulated heavy-duty (HD) engine and vehicle categories: combination tractors; vocational vehicles; HD engines used in combination tractors and vocational vehicles; trailers used with combination tractors; and HD pickup trucks and vans. For more information on these categories, please refer to the EPA Phase 2 fact sheet.

 

10.11.16

The federal Clean Air Act requires the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate areas as attainment or non-attainment to help implement air quality standards.  In a letter from NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) secretary, Donald van der Vaart, dated September 30, 2016, the State of North Carolina recommended that the entire state be considered in attainment for ozone based on DEQ analysis of the most recent air quality data for the state relative to the October 2015 8-hour standard for ozone.  

Read the full article about this positive news and what impacts, funding and otherwise, are anticipated for our region.

10.11.16

The 2016 Plug-in NC Summit will be held Tuesday, November 15th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am.  
This event will take place at the Park Alumni Center in Raleigh, NC.  This event is free, however, registration is required.  

Click here for more information and to register.

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